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Friday, April 09, 2004


Poverty Eradication in 3 years

Our newly appointed MINIsters are certainly men of substance. A few days ago the newly appointed MOH said that waiting time at Poliklinik Kommuniti can be reduced by 50%, now we hear that the new MINIster of Rural and Regional Development---MORRD (formerly MINIstry of Rural Development) intends to eradicate hardcore poverty and modernise villages in three years. The name change of his MINIstry certainly has given him impetus and sudden immediate powers to do what the BN government, which has been in power for the past almost 5 decades, has failed.

One only has to go to the rural areas of States like Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah to see what has been achieved under prolonged BN rule. One just has to talk to the people in these areas to find out what progress and improved economic power the long BN rule has brought them. Kelantan and Terangganu may have been under PAS at times for the major portion of the past 5 decades, the two States have also been under BN. Development requires the Federal government to provide the funds but during the periods when the States were/are not under BN, they have been/are subjected to fund limitations, good example is the withdrawal of Petronas funds when PAS took over Terangganu after the 1999 election.

i am indeed happy and it is heartening to hear all that the new MINIster of MORRD has to say regarding his programme to eradicate poverty ::
“Although this ministry has very heavy tasks as it covers large rural areas in both Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak, I am confident this can be done if we put our minds to changing the attitudes of rural folks.
“We want to reactivate and make the ministry more dynamic.”

It is obvious whoever was the previous MINIster (can't recall his name) he must have slept on his job as the MINIstry apart from having a name change, requires reactivation and requires to be 'dynamicised'. The new MORRD MINIster has also a pan-Malaysia outlook for he has also taken Sabah and Sarawak into consideration in the same breath, very refreshing indeed. And he seems to exude confidence about his programme. We must certainly wish him well and look towards 2007, a short three years away, when rural poverty will be a thing of the past. Can we also have such a dynamic MINIster to attend to urban poverty.


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